Bruins pitcher perfect in four innings
Bruins senior Britney Ceo pitched four perfect innings as the Bear River softball team crushed Mesa Verde 11-1 at home Friday.
Ceo struck out four batters and gave up no hits and no walks before Bruins coach Duane Zauner replaced her with Kelly Shepard for the fifth, and final, inning.
Mesa Verde’s lone run, scored in the fifth, was unearned as the Bruins took their record to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Pioneer Valley League.
Shepard led Bear River’s offense, hitting 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs, Katie Mathis hit an inside-the-park home run in the third inning. Jenna Wermes, Kathryn Rabak, Tori Humbard and Brooke Mosman also had hits; Mosman’s was a two-run single in the seven-run fourth inning.
The Bruins take the field again at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a non-league game at Nevada Union (2-12 overall, 0-4 Sierra Foothill League).
Zauner couldn’t recall the last time the cross-county foes faced off.
“It’s been a couple years,” Zauner said.
Rocklin 1, Nevada Union 0
Nevada Union fell to 0-3-1 in the Sierra Foothill League – and 4-6-2 overall – Friday after a 1-0 loss to Rocklin. Five of the Miners’ six defeats this season have come by a 1-0 score.
“They scored with 15 minutes to go in the game,” said NU coach Mike Voss. “Our goalie had a fabulous game today. Avery Vaughan was probably the player of the match. She had 12 saves.”
Abbey Velasquez, Kai Ling Clark and Anne Dunne also drew praise for their play from Voss, following the loss.
“It was pretty much a defensive battle for us,” he said. “We had a couple of shots, but they had many more. Our keeper, as I said, kept us in the game.”
NU returns to action Tuesday at Monterey Trail.
Frosh: Nevada Union 8, Woodcreek 3
Miners pitcher Alec Giron lasted all seven innings, fanning six batters while giving up four hits and a walk.
Broughan Jantz, who crossed home plate twice, hit a pair of triples for 2 RBIs. Zion Davidson was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and two runs scored, and Anthony Olivas was 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run. Ryan Zink also chipped in with a hit.
The Miners (7-5 overall, 5-2 SFL) begin tournament play this week at Del Campo, where they’ll play Woodland on Monday, Casa Roble on Tuesday and Yuba City on Wednesday.
JV: Bear River 15, Mesa Verde 1
The Bear River Lady Bruins JV Softball team improved their PVL conference record to 3-0 with a 15-1 win over visiting Mesa Verde Friday. The JV Lady Bruins are now 9-2 overall.
Bear River travels to Nevada Union at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
JV: Rocklin 7, Nevada Union 3
Stephanie Palmer turned in a strong pitching performance and Tiffany Dent made a couple of key plays in center field – and had a timely base hit to bring the score to 4-3 in the top of the last inning – but the Miners fell to Rocklin 7-3 Thursday.
NU slipped to 4-2 in Sierra Foothill League play.
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